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10 September Warley 232-7 Copley 180-10 Copley lost by 52 runs (5 pts)

3 September Copley 286-5 Blackley 268-10, Copley won by 18 runs (10 pts)

27 August Old Crocs 135-10 Copley 137-3, Copley won by 7 wkts (10 pts)

20 August Copley 262-4 Triangle 263-7, Copley lost by 3 wkts (5 pts)

13 August Sowerby Bridge 195-8 Copley 148-10, Copley lost by 47 runs (4 pts)

6 August Mytholmroyd 220-10 Copley 223-8, Copley won by 2 wkts (10 pts)

30 July Copley 295-7 Jer Lane 233-9, Copley won by 62 runs (9 pts)

23 July Copley 211-8 Bradshaw 213-9, Copley lost by 1 wkt (5 pts)

16 July Sowerby St Peters 265-8 Copley 265-8, match tied (7 pts)

9 July Booth 281-7 Copley 263-10 Copley lost by 18 runs (5 pts)

2 July Thornton 205-6 Copley 209-6, Copley won by 4 wkts (8 pts)

CCC ended the 1st half of the season by maintaining their winning run away at in form Thornton.  After being 103-5 (thanks to a tight spell from Turner who eventually finished with 3-72 off 19 overs), some middle order hitting saw the Bradford side finish on 205-6.

However it was never going to be enough and CCC comfortably knocked off the runs for the loss of 6 wkts.  Whittaker (37), Thorpe Jnr (40) and an excellent display of hard hitting from Skinner who smashed 61 no saw CCC reach the total in style finishing the game with a 6.

26 June Copley 265-6 Triangle 255-7, Copley won by 10 runs (Parish Cup Q-Final)

Part 2 of the weekend saw unbeaten Triangle come to town in the Parish Cup Quarter finals.  A large crowd gathered to watch two of the most successful sides in the history of the league go head to head in what was easily the tie of the round.

Batting 1st CCC were firmly up against it at 86-5 and quickly found themselves on the back foot against a buoyant Triangle side.  However, in true CCC style the team dug deep and it was the old boys of Baldwin (91) and Hoyle (90 no) that lifted the team to finish on an impressive 265-6.

It gave CCC something to defend and they did this is nail biting finish in a match that went all the way down to the last over.  The CCC boys held their nerve, and came up with some tight bowling at the end that saw the team home, and in the process ending Triangle's unbeaten record.

25 June Copley 321-3 Warley 240-6, Copley won by 81 runs (8 pts)

The visit of Warley to the Arches saw two old rivals go head to head in the top division once more and the start of a double headed weekend with the visit of Triangle to come the following day in the cup.  A good reminder to the club what it truly meant to be back in the top flight and a return to the battles of days gone by.

CCC were up for the game and this showed as they destroyed the Warley attack. Dennison started things rolling with 53 at the top of the order.  Then Whittaker and Dalby carried on in style.  Whittaker (93) and Dalby (123 no) saw CCC finish on an impressive 321-3.

Warley were never going to trouble the score and ended on 240-6, a score that probably in the end flattered a Warley side as runs were easily picked up late on as CCC searched for bowling points.  Baldwin finishing with 3 wkts.

18 June Blackley 221-8 Copley 223-3, Copley won by 7 wkts (8 pts)

Old habits came to haunt CCC as they travelled to Blackley.  Having the home side on 99-5, poor fielding and dropped catches (some even bouncing over 3rd mans head for 4 after being dropped) saw Blackley finish on 221-8 and firmly taking the momentum into tea, Thorpe Jnr (3 wkts).

But Copley had learned from the Traingle game earlier in the season and soon regained the momentum after the break with Skinner frustrating the Blackley bowlers with 63.  The game was never in doubt and Dalby (69no) and Thorpe Jnr (48no) saw CCC comfortably home for a very solid win.

11 June Old Crossleyans 213-6 Copley 214-5, Copley won by 5 wkts (8 pts)

Derby day came to CCC when old foes Crocs came to town.  In search of their 1st league win of the season Crocs posted a confident 213-6.  CCC disappointed only to pick up 1 bowling point, Baldwin (3 wkts), Seraj (2 wkts).

In reply CCC were rarely in trouble and comfortably knocked off the score with the loss of 5 wkts, Whittaker (69) and Baldwin capping off a fine individual performance with 57 no.

5 June Mytholmroyd 216-7 Copley 217-2, Copley won by 8 wkts (Parish Cup 2nd round)

CCC faced a tricky test away at Mytholmroyd in the cup.  Royd batted 1st and posted a strong 226-7 with Baldwin, Seraj and Thorpe Jnr all picking 2 wkts each.  A total that some felt was going to be difficult to chase.

But the slight concerns were soon banished as Seraj and Skinner set out to knock the score off on their own.  In what can only be described as a stunning opening stand they punished everything Royd had to offer in an incredible opening stand of 217.  It was a stand that was eventually broken when Seraj departed on 91.  Skinner, however, completed his maiden CCC ton seeing the team home with an unbeaten 120.

4 June Triangle 252-8 Copley 179-10, Copley lost by 73 runs (4 pts)

CCC's fruitful bank holiday weekend seemed a distant memory after a case of what could have been on the visit to Triangle.  CCC started well having the league leaders reeling on 118-7.  But some lower order blasting accompanied with mistakes in the field and wayward bowling allowed Triangle to pile on late runs that saw them finish on 252-8 after the 45 overs. CCC leaving the field somewhat shell shocked.

Being on the end of that blast, CCC never recovered.  In reply CCC lost wkts at vital stages throughout their innings and they never really challenged Triangle's total. Finishing on a disappointing 179 all out with Dalby (39) and Whittaker (31).

30 May Sowerby Bridge 180-7 Copley 181-5, Copley won by 5 wkts (9 pts)

CCC put back to back wins together over the bank holiday weekend with a good victory over Bridge.  In a rain affected game Bridge were put into bat and posted a solid 180-7 after their 37 overs.  Seraj the pick of the CCC bowlers with 3-61.

In reply things didn’t get off to the best possible starts with CCC being on 18-2.  But CCC dug deep and solid innings from Dennison (53), Dalby (37) and Thorpe Jnr (42 no) saw CCC home to bring an end to a good bank holiday for the 1st XI.

28 May Copley 188-9 Mytholmroyd 109-10, Copley won by 79 runs (10 pts)

CCC got back to winning ways over Mytholmroyd at home.  Things weren't easy for the Copley boys when batting 1st CCC found themselves at 63-5.  However solid batting displays from Dalby (52) and Hoyle (43) eventually saw CCC finish on 188-9 after the 45 overs.

Royd were never really in the game finding themselves struggling on 30-5 at one stage.  This was mainly due to a good bowling spell from Thorpe Jnr who finished with figures of 5-21.  Royd were all out for 109.  Harley (2 wkts) Seraj (2 wkts).

21 May Jer Lane 175-4 Copley 170-4, Copley lost by 6 wkts (3 pts)

The 1st XI winning run came to an end on a blustery day in Bradford. After losing the toss and being put into bat on a green wkt, CCC again failed to gain the initiative early in their innings.  Seraj departed first for 2 after edging to the keeper. Things weren't helped further when Skinner had to retire hurt early in his innings damaging his foot whilst leaving a ball. Dalby and Whittaker worked well together in building the innings, putting on a decent partnership and lifting CCC to 73-1.  The partnership being broken when Whittaker was caught for a well made 30. 73-1 soon became 80-2 as Dalby was cruelly given out LBW after an inside edge onto his pad, Dalby reluctantly departed after making a solid 37. That left Thorpe Jnr and Freddie Hammond at the crease with 19 overs to go.  They both showed great promise in putting together a good partnership. Hammond on his 1st XI debut hit some lovely boundaries as he looked to take the game to Jer Lane. Thorpe played another correct innings and battled hard to again reach an unbeaten 50 for the 1st XI.   The Thorpe/Hammond partnership was 71 after finally being broken when Hammond, looking to up the pace of the innings, was bowled for 37. That brought Hartley to the crease, but with only just short of 3 overs left, and the score on 151, it was asking too much to push the CCC total over the 180 mark. The innings finally closed on 170-4 with CCC only picking up 2 batting points.

The second innings started with Sunday XI skipper Chris Hammond stepping into the team to field in place of the injured Skinner who headed off to casualty to get his foot looked at (after his tea!). Jer Lane came out with a game plan that looked to attack the CCC bowling early and they put away any lose balls reaching 30 without loss after only 5 overs. Turner worked hard bowling uphill into a strong wind and his efforts were soon rewarded removing the middle stump of the Jer Lane opener. Thorpe Jnr came into the attack and picked up a wkt and Jer Lane were 48-2 after 10 overs.  But that was as good as it got as catches were again dropped and Jer Lane punished any lose balls that came their way. 48-2 became 120-2 with 22 overs to go and the game was rapidly being taken away from CCC.  Seraj made a double change and Turner and Thorpe Jnr were replaced by Dalby and Seraj.  With the pace off the ball CCC applied some pressure with both bowlers bowling tidy 7 over spells each, Dalby picking up 2 wkts. But Jer Lane eventually reached their target with 7 overs to go and in the end wrapped up a comfortable victory finishing on 175-4.

14 May Bradshaw 164-9 Copley 165-7, Copley won by 3 wkts (8 pts)

Week 3 saw CCC continue their winning run in another close encounter, this time against early league leaders Bradshaw.

After winning the toss, and on a lively green wkt, Seraj stuck the visitors into bat. Turner showed his worth with a master class spell that ultimately saw him bowl an uninterrupted 23 overs into the wind. The game started brightly for CCC with the visitors finding themselves at 33-2 and CCC firmly on the front foot. However fielding errors came back to haunt the side with an easy chance being spilled allowing Collins to ride his luck before really troubling the scorers.  This proved costly as he went on to hit a solid 55. Bradshaw put on a decent partnership before the 3rd wkt fell, seeing the visitors at 80-3 and looking to turn the game in their favour.  However with some excellent catching and pressure bowling, CCC rammed home the initiative taking the next 6 wkts for 52 runs leaving the visitors reeling at 132-9. But old habits came back to haunt CCC with another dropped catch and missed opportunities allowing Bradshaw to hold out and finish on 164-9, which on a lively green wkt, could have proved to be a very good score. Turner showed true grit and determination in his spell picking up an excellent 5 wkt haul and bowling through (into the wind), finishing with figures of 5-83.

Things didn't start brightly for CCC and Bradshaw came out with all guns blazing.  CCC were left rocking and were well and truly staring down the barrel,  losing 5 wkts for only 30 runs.  Out of the 5 wkts to go, only Seraj made double figures with 23. This saw the arrival to the crease of no 7 batsmen, 15 yr old Oliver Thorpe.  With 10 points for the taking, Bradshaw were looking to wrap things up quickly in what would have been an emphatic win. However, for the 2nd time this season Oliver produced another excellent batting display and again showed what a true talent he really is. He battled through with Peter Hoyle putting on a 83 run partnership before Hoyle fell for an gutsy 37. Thorpe led the way though and continued with some glorious shots leading the team over the finish line with one over to spare, and finishing with an unbeaten 59.

8 May Wibsey Park Chapel 77-10 Copley 78-4, Copley won by 6 wkts (Parish Cup 1st Rd)

Match report to follow

7 May Copley 152-8 Sowerby St Peters 109-10, Copley won by 43 runs (10 pts)

Game 2 saw CCC visit the home of the reigning champions.  On a miserable day CCC were asked to bat first.  After a decent start with CCC on 86-2, middle order wkts tumbled and eventually CCC battled hard to reach 152-8.   Seraj (28), Whittaker (41) and Hoyle (23no).

In reply, Sowerby were blown away.  Thorpe snr rolled back the years in a devastating 11 over spell that saw him rip through the Sowerby middle order.  With figures of 6-25 Sowerby were all out for 109.   Turner supported Thorpe snr well with figures of 4-57.

30 Apr Booth 205-7 Copley 166-9, Copley lost by 39 runs (4 pts)

The opening game of the new season saw the 1st XI back in the top flight once again. Booth were the visitors on week 1 and ultimately proved too strong for CCC in what was a difficult opening game.

Things started well with CCC having the visitors at 37-2 after some tight opening bowling from Hartley and Turner. But CCC could not keep the pressure on in the field with a series of fielding errors including 5 dropped catches.  This proved crucial as these errors allowed Booth to put a series of partnerships together allowing them to reach a respectable 205-7 after the 45 overs. Hartley and Turner ended with 2 wkts each and Richard Thorpe picking up a wkt at the end of the innings.

In reply CCC lost an early wkt with Skinner departing for 5 after falling LBW to Laycock.  Dalby and Seraj battled to put a partnership together against some quality pace and swing bowling from Booth's opening pair. At 53-1 and the hard work seemingly done, Dalby looped a ball back over the bowlers head and was taken easily by mid on, departing for 18. This seemed to spark a mini collapse. 53-1 soon became 77-5 with CCC losing the next 4 wkts for only 24 runs. Baldwin went for 0 and Mitchell-Smith for 6, this was shortly followed by Seraj who had battled well at the top of the innings for 36. So at 77-5 CCC were up against it. However 15 yr old Oliver Thorpe, on his Prem Div debut, showed maturity beyond his years with an excellent 50 not out guiding the side to 2 batting bonus points (who knows how vital these points may prove at the end of the season). He was supported well down the order, by Hoyle and Thorpe Snr taking the CCC total to 166-9 at the end of the 45 overs.